via Lew Rockwell Blog:
Can any of you place before you a single child,
smiling squirming in your arms;
and say the death of this child is a fact of modern war;
I accede to that death.
I regret it of course but what can one do?
We have to destroy in order to save;
villages, women, children.
The system traps us all . . .
The system; horrible word!
Can the system trap the conscience of a free man?
Traps are for animals; freedom is for men.
I cannot speak for you but I will not wait upon Caesar to instruct me in God's word.
I am a man.
I can read:
If a man will save his life, let him lose it.
I say to you, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.
Whatever you do to the least of these my brothers, you do to me.
Blessed are you who suffer persecution for justice's sake...
- Fr. Daniel Berrigan, 1969, via Fr. Emannuel Charles McCarthy.